Murray Hill, NJ, USA

Peter Vetter

Head, Access & Devices Lab
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Peter Vetter is Head of the Access & Devices Lab in Bell Labs and based in Murray Hill, NJ. He leads research on optical and copper access, access hardware platforms, and access architectures in Antwerp, Murray Hill, Shanghai and Stuttgart.
During his career, he subsequently worked on liquid crystal displays, optical interconnections, optical access, access systems, access architectures, and green access networks. Under his leadership, he and his teams have realized several world-first system demonstrations, including SuperPON, XG-PON2, green Bi-PON, TWDM-PON, XLG-PON (40G-TDM PON) and XG-Fast (10G-DSL). He also initiated and managed research on GPON, NG-PON2, and Ethernet Access Node architectures, which became the basis for successful Alcatel-Lucent products.
He received the degree of Physics Engineer from Gent University (Belgium) in 1986 and a PhD in 1991. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Tohoku University (Japan), he joined the research center of Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent) in Antwerp in 1993, first as researcher and later as research manager.
In 2000, he became co-founder and R&D lead for the PON technology in an internal venture that produced the first FTTH product in Alcatel.
From 2004-2008, he started and managed IST MUSE, a major European project awarded more than 35 Million Euro funding and covering all aspects of broadband access.
In 2009, he moved to Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he first became Department Director of Access Systems. Since 2013, he has assumed global responsibility for research on fixed access networks in Bell Labs.
He has authored or co-authored more than hundred international papers, including several invited and tutorials. He has served in the technical program committees of ECOC, OFC, NOC, and BB Europe.


Post-Doc, Tohoku University, Japan (1992-1993)
PhD, Ghent University, Belgium (1986-1991)
MSc, Applied Physics Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium (1981-1986)

Professional activites

OFC Technical Program Committee (since 2013), Chair Subcommittee Optical Access and Mobile Convergence (2016)
ECOC Technical Programme Committee (1999-2001) and (2010-2012)
GreenTouch Working Group Chair of Wireline Access (2010-2012)
BB Europe Technical Committee (2004-2007)
NOC Technical Programme Committee (1998-2001) and (2004-2007)
IEEE LEOS Benelux Chapter Committee (1996-2002)

Selected articles and publications

  • P. Vetter, D. Suvakovic, H.K. Chow, K. Kanonakis, K.L. Lee, F. Saliou, X. Yin, B. Lannoo, “Energy-Efficiency Improvements for Optical Access”, IEEE Communications Magazine, April 2014.
  • P. Vetter, T. Ayhan, K. Kanonakis, B. Lannoo, K.L. Lee, L. Lefevre, C. Monney, F. Saliou, X. Yin, “Towards Energy Efficient Wireline Networks, An Update From GreenTouch”, Invited, OECC, Kyoto, June 30- July 4, 2013.

  • P. Vetter, “Next Generation Optical Access Technologies”, Tutorial at ECOC, Amsterdam, p. Tu.3.G.1, September 2012.
  • And from my PhD ;-)    P. Vetter, B. Maximus, H. Pauwels, “Dynamical response in active matrix addressed TN-LCD with anisotropic resistivity”, Journal of Physics  D: Applied Physics, Vol. 25, pp. 481-486, 1992.

(Author or co-author on more than hundred international publications in total.)


Honors & Awards

Corporate CTO Award 2015 for TWDM-PON
GreenTouch Award 2014 for Bi-PON
Bell Labs Team Award 2012 for Bi-PON
FTTH Council Innovation Award 2010 for 10G GPON Prototype
Bell Labs Team Award 2010 for XG-PON
Distinguished Member of Alcatel Technical Academy 2002
Post-doctoral Fellowship 1992 Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin